Tannery Arts Theater Gets LiftedApr 02 2015 · 0 comments · Cultural, NISHKIAN MENNINGER, Renovation ·0
The Tannery Arts Center, located along a river in Santa Cruz, California is a hub for artists of all types. The center provides live/work housing, digital media and creative arts centers, and a performing arts center. Nishkian Menninger has been working with Devcon Construction through multiple phases of the arts center. The next addition, the Hide House Theater will be the new home of the Santa Cruz Ballet, and is currently under construction.
The existing building for the theater was used as a storage facility for cow hides, and dates back to when the campus was used to make leather. The structure consisted of one big room, with a barrel roof, held up by large wooden trusses. While much of the structure’s bones were still in good shape, the building is located in a flood plain, and does not meet the current code for being flood resistant. In order to preserve the existing structure and use it for the main theater, the entire structure was to be lifted about 5 feet. New concrete foundations and stem walls were constructed under the raised building, designed to keep water our in the event of a flood.
With the concrete walls in place, the existing structure was lowered to its final resting place. Additional rooms are now being constructed around the main theater. These will be spaces for tickets, restrooms, storage, and changing areas for the performers. Once finished, the Hide House Theater will match the aesthetics of the original structure, and will provide a new space for performers of all kinds.
The Tannery Arts Center is a not-for-profit organization, and is still looking for donations to help finish the project. You can visit http://tanneryartscenter.org/ for more information and for a list of upcoming activities at the center.